Acting to Rewire, Reflection, and Smiling at Obstacles


Welcome to this week’s issue of 3 Minute Thursday.


Sometimes in life we need to take action in order to rewire our brains. Let me explain…

Often when we find ourselves down or in a low period, we obsess over trying to change our mental state. This could be after a breakup, being laid off, or anything really. All we want is to get back to normal. In fact, we crave normal. We ask ourselves, Why can’t I make the change? Why can’t I just be my old self?

We know what our desired daily life looks like, but we’re stuck trying to get ourselves to feel good first. Sometimes, we need to flip the script. When you can’t think yourself into a new way of acting, you must act yourself into a new way of thinking.

The brain is a powerful tool—it can be rewired. When you start to resume activities you once enjoyed, like exercise, lunch with friends, waking up early, or making healthy meals, your brain will eventually start to think, “Ok I must be feeling better now.”

Even if you don’t feel like it, sometimes you need to act before you can think.



Take a moment to reflect with me.

What was the hardest part of your day today?

What was so hard about it?

Did you let it impact the rest of your day?

Did you approach it with a positive attitude?

If you could go back, would you have approached it differently?

Is there anything you would change?

No answers. No solutions. No regret.

Just reflection.



And with that, I’m going to leave you with a quote,

“I smile at obstacles.” — Tiger Woods

Until next week,

Brandon Turp

Voice of 3 Minute Thursday

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